By Scott McLaughlin/DFP Staff
For the second time in a week, BU has gained a commitment from a top young prospect. Adam Erne, labeled as one of the top 1995-born forwards in the nation, has picked the Terriers as the team he will play for in the fall of 2013, according to US Hockey Report.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound high school sophomore is a Brandford, Conn., resident who has wanted to play for BU his whole life, the USHR article said. He lived in New Hampshire and played for Top Gun of the Eastern Hockey Federation before moving to southern California to play for the LA Selects Bantam AAA team.
Erne, a left-handed shot, will play for the New Jersey Rockets of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League this season, according to USHR. Before then, he will participate in the USA Hockey Select 15 player development camp, which starts Friday, along with recent 2014 commit Anthony DeAngelo.
USHR describes Erne as "a big, strong-skating power forward type reminiscent of a young Keith Tkachuk ... who projects as a winger, has hands and scoring ability."
The Amateur Hockey Report was even more lavish with its praise following the Bauer Invite back in November:
"It's almost scary how good he is and what he is going to be in a few years. Against some strong Russian competition he made them look sad, with his sick skills. He is a WARRIOR on the ice, blessed with NHL size that he uses to play a highly physical in your face game. He is a wrecking machine with the puck as he protects it while powering through the defense. He has excellent hands and hockey sense. Best line we heard was another scout 'If someone threw a puppy on the ice he would run it over to get to the puck', he literally hit anything moving on the ice. Get out to watch him play at all costs."
Erne joins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk as the second member of the Terriers' 2013 recruiting class.